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SoapBox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 03:19 PM
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3. So I call to get my Mom (90) a flue shot (stop me if you have heard this one before!)
First, she's on an Advantage plan. to make an appointment to get her the flu shot (about 6 weeks ago). The Primary office says that I need a reason to bring her in...Ok, the flu shot. Not a this a follow up to a previous issue or is she sick? Uh...she can't be sick to get a flue shot! Can we just walk in for a flu shot? need a reason to come in! Uhhh...flu shot. will need a reason to make an appointment.

SO, I call her Medical Group...they have their own Urgent appointment needed...we walk in and are done in 10 minutes. And, no charge to us.

What the HELL is with the Primary? I just felt like they were going to bill Medicare some big amount for an office visit AND for the flu shot.

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  -(Donald Berwick) Health Official Takes Parting Shot at Waste alp227  Dec-03-11 02:56 PM   #0 
  - Don't be surprised if his next job is working for the Health Insurance Industry or the AMA, n/t  limpyhobbler   Dec-03-11 03:08 PM   #1 
  - My point, he said, is that someone, like your health insurance company,...  jtuck004   Dec-03-11 03:17 PM   #2 
  - So I call to get my Mom (90) a flue shot (stop me if you have heard this one before!)  SoapBox   Dec-03-11 03:19 PM   #3 
  - Medicare Advantage is capitated, I believe. They get paid whether your mom comes in or not.  McCamy Taylor   Dec-03-11 05:48 PM   #8 
  - Medicare needs to hire someone they can trust  russspeakeasy   Dec-03-11 04:14 PM   #4 
  - Will be remembered as the worst Democratic overseer of medicare... ever.  tcaudilllg   Dec-03-11 04:48 PM   #5 
  - Please explain the reason for your comment, tacaudllg. I found his remarks  bertman   Dec-03-11 05:39 PM   #7 
  - and with all that waste overhead is still only 3% - private plans range from 13-30%  underpants   Dec-03-11 05:04 PM   #6 
  - Some surgical specialists make a lot of money doing procedures on the elderly.  McCamy Taylor   Dec-03-11 05:51 PM   #9 

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